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One Best Self reader asked: My teenage daughter has psoriasis. She is embarrassed to wear short sleeves and has become very self-conscious. She has started exfoliating in hopes of removing the dry skin, but it seems to be getting worse. Is there a better solution?
Mark Knautz, MD of Marietta Dermatology & The Skin Cancer Center responds: With stress to the skin being a trigger for psoriasis, using an abrasive product can aggravate the condition and cause further challenges. As we enter cold, dry winter weather, lack of sunlight can also be a trigger. When at home, keep in mind that the skin is sensitive. Stay away from products with heavy perfume and fragrance.
Step One: Try apple cider vinegar (which soothes skin inflammation) diluted with water as a compress.
Step Two: Mix two teaspoons of olive oil into a glass of milk and pour into the bath water as a soak.
Step Three: Eat your green vegetables, which act as an anti-inflammatory. The best tip is to see your physician for suggestions on the ideal treatment for your individual needs.